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Average Transaction Costs for Forex Markets

Does anybody know where I can find the average transaction costs (in percentage) for the following assets in Oanda? I have assumed it to be 2e-4 when training my model with Close prices. Yet, it seems to be much higher than that.

assets = ['AUDUSD', 'EURUSD', 'GBPUSD', 'NZDUSD', 'USDCAD', 'USDCHF', 'USDJPY', 'USDNOK', 'USDSEK', 'USDSGD']

Furthermore, do you know which one is better regarding transaction costs for these assets costs? FXCM or Oanda? I am currently placing limit orders as follows based on the standard deviation of log returns. Does anybody have an advise on how this can be improved?

        stdarr = np.exp(cc.abs().quantile(0.25).values)
        self.Debug(stdarr)
        for i, asset in enumerate(assets):
            ratio = weights[i] if asset[-3:] == 'USD' else (-1.0*weights[i])
            #self.SetHoldings(asset, ratio)
            self.Transactions.CancelOpenOrders(asset)
            oq = self.CalculateOrderQuantity(asset, ratio)
            lp = self.Securities[asset].AskPrice * stdarr[i]
            if oq > 0: lp = self.Securities[asset].BidPrice / stdarr[i]
            if oq != 0: self.LimitOrder(asset, oq, lp)

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Check out on the left in the Algorith Lab API tab.

what Portfolio["someforexpair"].TotalFees returns.

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also take a look at the orderevent in orders chapter:

orderEvent.OrderFee

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Fees spent are shown as zero in the report, since that Oanda rather uses the spread. Are you sure if that TotalFees or OrderFee would work with Oanda? I also just found this interasting experiment:

https://www.quantconnect.com/forum/discussion/1943/fxcm-vs-oanda-fees-and-commissions-impact-an-experiment/p1

 

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ah ok cool you found something useful.

yes you are right i fogot that oanda don't charge fees.

 

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Michael, I don't know the situation with FXCM, can I get those statistics from that?

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Kamer - this file outlines the default FXCM fees. Since those are explicit fees, they would show up as fees in Lean.

As you've pointed out, Oanda charges only spreads. To calculate a "transaction cost" you first have to define what unit this is in. $ per lot? Local ccy per lot? To make it comparable, you should ideally calculate costs as $ per lot and also you may want to volatility/correlation-adjust these (i.e. a higher vol pair will need to be traded in smaller amounts than a lower vol pair).

Due to FX conventions this calculation is not straightforward, as each pair's tick size and tick value will potentially be different. If I were you, I'd set this up in a spreadsheet and find the information needed for each pair. If you need more guidance, let me know, I ran through this excercise myself not too long ago.

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Hi all,

There is also useful information here that details our Fee Models for the different Forex exchanges, and you can customize fee models (i.e., if you want to replicate how a different exchange might operate) using the Fee Model class.

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for Oanda you can get Bid/Ask prices on the security itself. For overnight costs, I shared a code a few days ago on how to calculate that

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Thanks Erik. I did not even now there are overnight costs. Also, I am curious if costs would change if I trade with a much larger portfolio than $100K. I am basically trying to make an AI for hedge-funds; hence in my case increasing the portolio size for the backtest could be reasonable if that would reduce the transaction cost. I would welcome if anybody can enlighten me also in this respect.

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It's not a fixed cost, but based on interest rate and position size. For example today holding a 5000 units long position on SOYBEANS, equivalent to one contract, charges around 10 euros per day for a position size of about 45K. 

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